Theo Fleury disappointed after James' pardon

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It took a lot of courage for Theo Fleury to come public with claims
that he had been abused by his former juniors coach Graham James, who
had previously been convicted in 1997 in Canada of assaulting Sheldon
Kennedy. Fleury had stated one reason he came forward was to raise
awareness that victims of sexual assault and abuse should not be afraid
of coming out against their attackers.

So you can understand his
anger when learning that James was given a pardon in 2007 for his crime.
A pardon does not erase a person’s criminal record, but it ensures the
convictions are kept out of a police database used by officers
throughout Canada.

From
Carolyne Burkholder of The Province
:

“There’s a
lot of ramifications that come from poorly made decisions
such as that,” Fleury said in an interview from Calgary. “It has an
amazing trickle-down effect.”

“We’re trying to encourage victims
to start on a process and with a
decision like this obviously puts a pretty big damper on people’s
processes,” he said.

He’s right in the fact that it’s
tough to encourage victims to speak out on such crimes when they feel
the justice system won’t do them any favors. I don’t want to get too
heavily into the subject matter at hand, but it’s thought that for every
sexual assault that is committed and reported, there are many more that
go unreported. The victims feel guilty, ashamed and are afraid of the
ramifications of going to the police.

How can Fleury and others
convince victims that reporting such crimes is needed, helpful and
worthwhile when the justice system fails them?

Fight video: Flyers’ Manning vs. Penguins’ Gaunce

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Breaking: the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers don’t like each other.

The stakes might be higher for the Penguins than the Flyers – aside from those who still believe Philly has a shot at a playoff run – their rivalry rarely subsides.

With that in mind, it’s no surprise that Sunday featured at least one fight, with Cameron Gaunce squaring off against Brandon Manning in a pretty spirited bout.

Manning isn’t shy about fighting, by the way; this was his seventh bout of the season, according to Hockey Fights.

Higher on the radar for the Penguins is the situation for Conor Sheary, who has been absent from the ice since about midway through the first period. PHT will keep an eye out for updates on what could be yet another injury for the health-challenged Pens.

Dreading the work week? Watch this dog get ‘ice time’ with puck

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Life is difficult, complex and confusing. Good thing we have dog videos.

Forgive this video being one night late, but for those of us who watch cute animal clips, time is a furry circle. Or something like that.

Anyway, this golden retriever got a little “ice time” before the Washington Capitals’ game against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday in what would end up being a 4-1 win for the Caps. It’s an excellent video featuring a top-notch, hilarious pooch.

Alternate joke: Now that is some puck retrieval.

Patrik Laine’s out sick for Jets on Sunday

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Patrik Laine and Auston Matthews are locked with identical goals (34), assists (27) and points (61) on Sunday, which is remarkable since Laine has played in 67 games versus 75 for Matthews. He won’t get a chance to beef up his numbers on Sunday, either.

It looks like the high-scoring rookie is missing the Winnipeg Jets’ contest against the Vancouver Canucks because of an illness, according to TSN’s Sara Orlesky.

The Jets are almost assured to miss the playoffs, so seeing Laine lose a chance to bolster his Calder argument adds a little extra sadness to the night.

NHL schedules hearing for Micheal Haley’s sucker-punch on Calle Jarnkrok

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The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced a Monday hearing for San Jose Sharks tough guy Micheal Haley for his “roughing/sucker punch” on Calle Jarnkrok of the Nashville Predators.

The league didn’t specify if Haley will face a telephone or in-person hearing on Monday afternoon. They did, interestingly, use the phrase “sucker punch” in that official announcement.

Haley received a match penalty during the game. Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer was highly upset about the hit that inspired Haley’s actions.

“When you run someone from behind in a game like that, you probably deserve to get a punch in the mouth,” DeBoer told reporters.

In other bad news for the Sharks, CSN Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz reports that Logan Couture‘s situation isn’t looking promising after he was hurt on Sunday.